Another week, another map five-match for the Fusion. Last weekend, the Fusion took on a skilled Paris Eternal team. The Fusion looked dominate taking the first two maps decisively. The Eternal stormed back and forced a game five where the Fusion took home the W. Daniel “FunnyAstro” Hathaway said in the post-game interview that the Fusion were not ready to play against dive.
A refreshing sight to see this weekend was the introduction of Echo. Jae-hyeok “Carpe” Lee got a well-deserved breather this weekend in favor of Hee-Su “Heesu” Jeong. Heesu played lights out this weekend and proved himself yet again. Fans were also treated to Josue “Eqo” Corona for four of the five matches looking great on the Echo. It wasn’t until map five where fans saw Seung-hyun “Ivy” Lee in place of Eqo and he was borderline unstoppable. This paired with the usual suspects on the Fusion was a weekend where they flexed their depth. With the Eternal behind them, the Fusion set their sights on the Dallas Fuel.
Philadelphia Fusion (10-1) vs Dallas Fuel (4-4)
After a dismal start to the season, the Dallas Fuel has picked up the pace. They started their resurgence with the signing of Canadian support, William “Crimzo” Hernandez. His strong showing paired with Jang “Decay” Gui-un and Youngjin “Gamsu” Noh finding consistency, has pulled this team out of the depths of the standings. They proved that last weekend when they stomped the Washington Justice 3-0.
For the Fusion to win this match, they must accomplish two things. First, the Fusion must not underestimate the competition. They are a map five team and with that, it shows that they can let off the gas at times. The second mission must be shutting down Decay. In the Torbjorn meta extravaganza a few weeks back, Decay still stuck to the Tracer and was unstoppable. With McCree making his way back into the game this week and the Fusion’s depth, they should have this game in the bag.
Prediction: Fusion win 3-1
Player To Watch
Fans may have been shocked to not see Carpe in the line-up last week but there has been one player consistently in the line-up and consistently carrying his weight. This player is none other than Kyungbo “Alarm” Kim. Since his entry to the league, Alarm has made a statement. Whether it’s a clutch kill, nano boost, or timely transcendence, he is always there to carry the team on his back. There are very few support players in the league who could consistently take care of heroes pestering the backline and Alarm is with that select few. This will be crucial to have against players like Decay who love running the Tracer. Look for Alarm to do what he does best: play out of his mind.
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